In 2013 Brittany Thomas, owner of Brittany’s Sue Darrow School of Dance, set out to continue a long-standing dance tradition in Plymouth.
Thomas, a dance instructor with Sue Darrow for nearly 10 years, said she is excited to take over and carry on the reputation of her predecessor.
“Sue was a great teacher and I learned a lot from her,” Thomas said. “This is the same place I developed a passion for dance.”
Thomas started her dance career with Sue Darrow’s School of Dance when she was 4 years old and continued through her high school years.
When she returned to the area after spending a few years in Milwaukee, Thomas joined Darrow as an instructor.
The transition of ownership was something that the two had talked about over the last few years, but at the end of August 2013, Thomas took the reins.
She said, “It was a bit of a process to get through but I love what I do, so that carried me through it with a lot of excitement.”
Although Thomas was an instructor for nearly a decade, it was not until she began preparing upcoming registration information that she began to feel the ownership.
“It’s hard to explain the feeling, but there was a moment when it all came full circle and I realized my place,” she said. “That was really empowering and I’m excited for the future of the studio.”
Thomas said she is excited for the rewards and challenges ahead, continuing to put her students before everything else.
“Although new challenges can be difficult, it’s part of what makes me excited for the future,” she said. “Our biggest goal, always, has been to make things enjoyable for everyone.”
In January, Brittany’s younger sister Harmony Wusterbarth joined the team as a dance instructor.
Wusterbarth, who has been involved in dance since a child, comes to the staff with over 15 years of experience.
“I truly enjoy sharing my love of dance with our students and am very excited to start the 2014-’15 dance season,” Wusterbarth said.
Continuing a tradition of dance
The studio will continue to operate with the same structure as in the past, but Thomas said she is looking forward to making it her own.
She said, “Things are going to continue with the success the studio has created. I’m excited to add some of my own elements as we move forward, but it’s really important for me to carry on the legacy of the past.”
Thomas’ passion for dance lies in the progression of her students through the different stages of dance. Many students start at a very young age and continue through high school until they graduate.
“I especially love working with the young kids and seeing them progress through the years,” she said. “Watching them perform and have fun on stage is the most rewarding part of this job.”
The studio offers programs for children age 3 all the way to adult sessions.
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